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How to Move a Bookstore: A Human Book Chain

When October Books, a small bookstore in Southampton, England, moved a few hundred feet down the street, they decided not to hire movers - instead, they called for volunteers to form a human conveyor belt!

NPR has the story:

Shoulder to shoulder, community members formed a line 500 feet long: from the stockroom of the old shop, down the sidewalk, and onto the shop floor of the new store.
Cafes brought cups of tea to the volunteers. People at bus stops joined in. Passersby asked what was happening, then joined the chain themselves.

(Photo: October Books)


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This is a novel idea. I wonder if some of those people just wanted to turn over a new leaf. It certainly writes a new chapter in volunteering - good to see they had a voluminous turnout. What a great story!
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